death certificate


: an official document that gives information about a person's death (such as when and how the death happened)

Examples of death certificate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cause of death on his official death certificate from the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, which was reviewed by ABC News, is listed as encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels) in connection with the varicella-zoster virus. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 26 Jan. 2024 On Tuesday, the Senate is set to discuss Senate Bill 17 (which includes tweaks to Kentucky's death certificate process) and Senate Bill 24 (which would limit the number of Medicaid organizations contracted by the state to three or fewer). Rebecca Grapevine, The Courier-Journal, 13 Jan. 2024 In Indiana, the gestational age at which a fetus would receive a death certificate is 20 weeks. The Indianapolis Star, 7 Jan. 2024 The 60-year-old actor — best known for his roles in The Wire, Bosch, Netflix's Resident Evil — died of ischemic heart disease and atherosclerotic coronary artery disease, per his death certificate obtained by PEOPLE. Joelle Goldstein, Peoplemag, 11 Mar. 2024 According to his death certificate obtained by The Blast, the comedian died at the age of 76 from cardiac arrest on Feb. 27 at his Los Angeles home. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports,, 4 Mar. 2024 The manner of Mitchell’s death was ruled a homicide, according to his death certificate. Julia Marnin, Miami Herald, 1 Mar. 2024 Billy Kelley said the coroner’s office told him that in order to get a death certificate and claim his brother’s body, the family would have to pay $500. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, 22 Feb. 2024 For the study, federal researchers examined 1,262 accidental firearm deaths reported from 2003 to 2021 to the CDC's National Violent Death Reporting System, which links death certificate tallies to other data from law enforcement investigations. Alexander Tin, CBS News, 14 Dec. 2023

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Legal Definition

death certificate

: a document setting forth information (as age, occupation, and place of birth) relating to a dead person and including a doctor's certification of the cause of death

Note: Death certificates are issued by a particular public official, as a city or town clerk. A death certificate is required to document a person's death for certain purposes, as to file an estate tax return or to probate an estate.

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